FA faces tribunal over sexual harassment claim

Claims of unfair dismissal and sexual harassment by Faria Alam, the woman at the centre of the Sven-Goran Eriksson sex scandal last year, have led to an industrial tribunal against the Football Association (FA).

The FA’s former secretary is demanding approximately £30,000 – the equivalent to what she would earn during a full year at the FA, according to the Guardian

Alam’s adviser, Max Clifford, has repeatedly alleged to the FA that’s last year’s revelations – which led to the resignation of FA chief executive Mark Palios, and caused much embarrassment for England football manager Eriksson – were far from the full extent of her claims. But the FA has refused to settle with Alam.

Earlier this week, a report from former Treasury official Lord Burns, criticised the old-fashioned structure of the FA, saying it is “not designed with the modern demands of a sports governing body in mind”.

Burns, who was asked to investigate the workings of the FA in the wake of the Alam scandal, also said there are too “many men in blazers” in the organisation, and has demanded that the interests of women, ethnic and disabled groups be better represented.

The Alam tribunal is due to be held on Tuesday.



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